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Dental Implants – Jupiter, FL

Tooth Replacement

Missing teeth can cause people to feel embarrassed about their smile, and they might even make it difficult to eat or talk normally. Dental implants in Jupiter, FL provided by South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are often the answer for patients dealing with these kinds of problems. They offer a solution that looks natural, can be trusted to stay in place, and last for a lifetime to come. No matter how many teeth you might be missing, we can use them to give your smile a new lease on life.

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  • 4 Board-Certified Oral Surgeons Under One Roof
  • We’re Available 24/7!
  • Happy to Accept & Maximize Dental Insurance

Benefits of Dental Implants

The reason dental implants are widely considered the gold standard for tooth replacement is that they are the only treatment that fully restores an entire tooth from root to crown. A small titanium post is placed within the jawbone to recreate the root, and this provides support for a custom-made crown, bridge or denture. Thanks to their lifelike appearance and unmatched stability, they can:

  • Improve your self-confidence by restoring your smile’s appearance
  • Minimize bone loss that can compromise the adjacent teeth
  • Prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of place
  • Allow you to eat foods you otherwise might have trouble consuming
  • Eliminate the need for dentures or a dental bridge when there is more than one missing tooth
  • Save you time daily because they just need to be brushed and flossed like regular teeth
  • Save you money by lasting decades longer compared to other replacements

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Indications for Dental Implants

Would dental implants be a good fit for you? If you have missing teeth, then you can definitely benefit from this treatment, no matter how many. All you need is stable oral health, decent overall health, and a jawbone thick enough to support the new roots. Once all of these requirements have been met (we can help with any that are lacking), our team can use the following restorations to renew your smile:

Missing 1 Tooth

Instead of reshaping the surrounding teeth to place a bridge, a single dental implant root topped with a crown can be positioned between two healthy teeth without altering them at all, better preserving someone’s natural smile.

Missing Several Teeth

Bridges and partial dentures can be attached to multiple dental implants to fill in larger gaps and give them a security a traditional removable prosthetic simply can’t replicate. Plus, these prosthetics not only look more natural than regular ones, but they have been shown to last much longer as well.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Do you have a denture that causes more problems than it solves because you can never trust it to stay in place? With just six to eight implants, we can give you a set of teeth you never have to worry about again. That’s all it takes to anchor a full denture to the jawbone that won’t shift, slip, or click while you’re eating or speaking.

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With the All-on-4 procedure, we can literally replace an entire row of teeth in a single appointment. Just four implants are strategically placed into the thickest part of the jaw, and they’re immediately topped with a temporary denture, helping a patient quickly recover their oral function. Then, over the course of a few follow-up appointments, we can provide a better fitting custom-made denture.

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Zygomatic & Pterygoid Implants

Zygomatic and pterygoid implants are two types of longer implants that are often recommended when the patient does not have enough healthy bone structure to support traditional, shorter dental implants. By utilizing this modern design, we can rely on facial bones of greater hardness, such as the cheekbones, for a strong anchor. This implant style is ideal for patients who do not want to undergo an extensive grafting procedure to rebuild their smile.

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Bone Grafting

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It’s very common for the jawbone to shrink and atrophy when the teeth go missing, and for many patients, this makes the bone too thin or weak to safely support implants. Fortunately, at South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we can still help patients in this situation enjoy all the advantages of dental implants thanks to bone grafting. Using a patient’s own bone, donated bone, or a lab-made grafting material, we can thicken and strengthen the area of the jaw that will house the implant so we can place a new tooth/denture without worry.

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Partners with Your Dentist

Most of our patients come from referrals from several general dentists in the area, and that’s because they trust the one-of-a-kind expertise here at South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. When you become our patient, our team will make the transition between your dentist’s office and ours as smooth as possible. By the time you step through our doors, we’ll completely understand your situation and have all your paperwork organized so you can get the care you need in the most efficient and stress-free way possible. In the end, we’ll feel like an extension of your regular dentist.

Dental Implants Recovery

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Your teeth and gums may be a little sore for a few days. If so, patients often use an over-the-counter medication containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen to manage their discomfort. Use of a topical anesthetic to alleviate soreness in your gums is sometimes helpful as well. Postoperatively patients can easily continue to brush and floss normally, and Care of the implant placement site will be reviewed, and patients will be given written instructions with details.

Cost of Dental Implants

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Our benefits coordinator will serve as a liaison between you and your insurance company to determine what if any benefits are available, as well as what your copay and deductible amounts are. Once we have determined your out-of-pocket costs, we will then discuss our many payment options, which include cash, personal check, and major credit cards.

Many of our patients are also able to afford treatment by applying for CareCredit® financing. CareCredit® is in itself a credit card that can be used at leading healthcare providers such as dentists, optometrists, and general practitioners. This makes it a great option if you are considering treatment from more than one provider. Even those with less-than-perfect credit scores are often approved for CareCredit® and are able to obtain payment plans they can easily fit into their monthly budget.

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Dental Implant Aftercare Instructions

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Once your dental implants are placed, it is especially important to practice the right aftercare process to keep them healthy moving forward. Our team of dedicated and knowledgeable oral surgeons will guide you along this process to ensure your dental implants remain healthy for many years to come. Want to brush up on your aftercare ahead of your treatment? Consider our office’s precautionary tips so that your implant treatment goes off without a hitch!

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How Dental Implants Work

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Because they recreate the entire structure of a lost tooth instead of just the crown, dental implants are unlike any other form of tooth replacement. However, the process of getting them is a bit more complex than a conventional bridge or denture. You might need more than one procedure to ensure your mouth is able to accommodate the implants. Once this process is complete, though, your new teeth can last a lifetime with the proper care.

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Dental Implant FAQs

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Are you sure you know what to expect when getting new teeth? Dental implants can last for the rest of your life, so it’s important to understand everything about the process before making a long-term commitment. Your oral surgeons at South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are here to answer all your questions and help you feel at ease. Below are some of the more common questions that patients tend to ask when having their smiles repaired.

How Do I Prepare for Dental Implant Surgery?

Every patient is in a unique situation and will therefore need to make different preparations. For example, if you are at a particularly high risk for infection, we might prescribe antibiotics for you to take for a few days before the surgery. Also, if the procedure is going to be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia, you’ll need to fast before the surgery. In general, that means not eating anything after midnight on the night before. Finally, you will need someone else to drive you to and from your appointment; you won’t be in any state to drive yourself home after the surgery.

Is It Safe to Get Dental Implants?

Oral surgeons have been replacing teeth with dental implants for years now, and thanks to modern techniques, the success rate of the procedure is 95%. When you decide to get implants, the first step will be for us to perform a comprehensive dental exam and review your medical history; this will let us catch potential complications early so that we can take any necessary precautions. For example, if we find out that you have gum disease, we’ll need to treat it before the surgery is performed; otherwise, the implant might not join with the bone correctly and could therefore fail.

Will There Be Any Pain?

At our practice, we use general anesthesia and different kinds of dental sedation to help you stay relaxed during your procedure; in many cases, you won’t even remember the appointment itself! However, you’re likely to experience some discomfort once the numbness in your mouth has worn off. You can control the pain with ibuprofen or a similar medication taken every 3 or 4 hours or so as needed. The pain will normally fade away after a few days. If it still remains after a couple of weeks or becomes severe, it might point to a more serious condition; get in touch with us right away if that happens.

What is Recovery Like?

Some bleeding for the first 24 hours is normal; if it becomes excessive, you can control it by holding a piece of gauze over the wound for 30 minutes. Apply an ice bag to the area if any swelling occurs. Drink plenty of fluids, and avoid excessively hot liquids or foods. You should plan on eating soft foods at first and gradually working back up to heartier meals. To keep your mouth clean and free of infection, rinse with salt water at least 4 to 5 times a day.